As the coronavirus COVID-19 spreads, Starbucks is taking some precautions to stop the spread of germs and one of those precautions is a “pause” on reusable cups and for-here ware.
In an open letter posted on the Starbucks website Wednesday, Rossann Williams, Starbucks’ executive vice president and president of U.S. company-operated business and Canada, said the company is taking several steps to protect customers and staff.
The first step should be familiar at this point. “We are taking guidance from the CDC and local health authorities,” Williams wrote. “We have increased cleaning and sanitizing for all company-operated stores to help prevent the spread of all germs, adding paid time for our partners supporting this work.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that a memo was sent to employees earlier this week, instructing them to clean cafes and sanitize bathrooms more regularly, as well as high touch areas like door handles and machines.
The second step outlined in Wednesday’s letter is the one that might distress Captain Planet, though one imagines he would be willing to triage in cases of a global virus outbreak.
“We are pausing the use of personal cups and ‘for here’ ware in our stores,” Williams said.